Brett Storys The Hottest August is spatially environmentally oriented filmmaking at its best. The images of the sky above New York's roofs are poetic, but it is what hangs heavy in the air that clings: the possibility that the Earth will finally settle accounts with the policies of capitalism and unleash the consequences. The director takes us on a journey – as light and humorous as saturated with warnings – through New York's five boroughs, where residents are interviewed about changes in the city and thoughts they have about the future. Scott has an ear for anecdotes and is charmed by human "tics", and she chats with residents from all walks of life: skaters in municipal residential areas, twentieth-century jazz-saved preachers, a fitness instructor and a retired police officer.
Racism is always haunting in the background, even before the images from the white-power attack in Charlottesville (August 12, 2017) appears via the news broadcast that rolls and goes on a TV screen inside a laundry. From a bar stool, a man says he prefers to call it "bitterness." . .
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